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NOVEMBER 2nd LOCAL ELECTION 2021 CLICK HERETOWN CHARTER & ORDINANCES.



 

       
              

   

COVID
:  All Emergency Orders - note public meeting laws are suspended and more...but over?  Long Session did this:
Special Session votes to continue optional Zoom meetings through 2022 plus... https://www.courant.com/politics/hc-pol-connecticut-legislature-what-got-done-what-didnt-20210610-2a36araikrarvbxolkfetohyy4-story.html



MEETINGS TO BE ATTENDED
BY LWV OF WESTON OBSERVER CORPS:  NOTE THAT SPECIAL MEETINGS COME AT ANY TIME SO LONG AS THERE IS 24-hr NOTICE

COMING UP: 
Ordinance public hearing for P&Z ability to hire consultants - coming up Oct. 21;
 
Week of October 11-15 plus Saturday October 16
LWV of WESTON DEBATES for Board of Education, then Board of Finance - Saturday Oct. 16th at beginning at 10am on Zoom - over now.
Special Board of Finance Thursday October 14, 2021 at 6pm on Zoom goes over Education requested posed by Education Finance director - rejects request to keep overage dollars.
Special Board of Selectman Thursday October 14, 2021 at 9:30am - to interview and hire Adult Services Librarian.
Special Building Committee Wednesday October 13, 2021 - oops, we missed it but hopefully we'll see what happened on replay...
Special Planning & Zoning Tuesday October 12, 2021 at 7:15pm - public hearing on Village District and Zoning Map change closed at 8:34pm;  new reg and map adopted - in effect October 18, 2021.

Week of October 4-8 plus Saturday Oct. 9
LWV of WESTON DEBATE FOR FIRST SELECTMAN, SELECTMEN Saturday October 9, 2021, 10am to 11:45am on Zoom
Special Board of Selectmen Thursday October 7, 2021 at 7pm on Zoom.
Police Commission, Tuesday October 5, 2021 at 7pm on Zoom - report here.
P&Z Public Hearing on Village District, Zoning Map, Monday October 4, 2021, 7:15pm - 9:18pm.  Our brief report.



Week of September 27-October 1
ZBA - Tuesday September 28, 2021 at 7:30pm - Aspetuck Valley Country Club parking - approved 4-1.

Week of September 20-24
Special Board of Selectmen at 1:30pm Thursday September 23, 2021 - to go into Executive Session on Offutt Center proposal.
Economic Vitality Committee, Wednesday September 22, 2021 at 8pm on Zoom.  We will report from replay on Vimeo.
Facility Optimization, Tuesday Sept. 21 at 7pm on Zoom - cancelled.
Special Planning & Zoning Monday Sept. 20, 2021 - approved new Zoning Regulation update, proposed Village District special permit in place of Neighborhood Shopping Center for Public Hearing - Oct. 4, 2021 at 7:15pm on Zoom.



Week of September 13-17 plus Saturday Sept. 18 Machine Vote 12 Noon to 8PM AT TOWN HALL MEETING ROOM   -  680 yes, 55 no
Special Board of Selectmen Tuesday September 14, 2021 at 7:30pm on Zoom.  "Adjournment" now listed!  WWHD, Vote Saturday ALT purchase of Fromson Strassler, lots more.
Special Meeting Board of Police Commissioners Tuesday September 14, 2021 at 7pm on Zoom - agenda indicated topic of Town e-mail addresses for Commissioners...
Special P&Z Meeting Monday September 13, 2021 at 7:15pm on Zoom - https://www.westonct.gov/home/showpublisheddocument/6107
Special Meeting Board of Finance September 13, 2021 at 6pm on Zoom - overlapped with  P&Z


Week of September 6-10

Special Town Meeting Thursday September 9, 2021 -  adjourned to machine vote Saturday September 18, 2021 Noon to 8pm at Town Hall.

F.O.C.Thursday September 9, 2021 at 6pm - Special on Zoom - our report.
Planning & Zoning Wednesday September 8, 2021 at 7:15pm on Zoom:   Review of wording of new Village District zone.  Changes to be made to rest of Zoning law to match.  Report.



Week of August 30-September 3

Board of Selectmen Thursday September 2, 2021 at 7:30pm - efficient meeting!  Report here.
Special Board of Selectmen Thursday September 2, 2021 at 7pm - Executive Session on a different matter.
Board of Selectmen Special Meeting Agenda September 1, 2021 2:00 PM - Between Selectmen and Police Commission, Executive Session re:  Complaint to Human Rights Commission.  Yes, they can - we asked the Town Administrator.
Historic District Commission Wednesday September 1, 2021 at 8pm - canceled
MCAC ("Marketing Committee") Wednesday Sept. 1, 2021 at 7:30pm on Zoom - we missed it - but funds requested at Selectmen 9-2-21 were approved for new "maps" and further re-payment for large Onion Barn sign to be issued later date.
Special Board of Selectmen - Selectmen/Police Commission September 1, 2021 at 2pm on Zoom - https://www.westonct.gov/Home/Components/Calendar/Event/1391/78?curm=9&cury=2021
SPECIAL PLANNING AND ZONING MEETING MONDAY AUGUST 30, 2021 AT 7:15PM ON ZOOM - went 'til 10pm and Floating Zone special permit application withdrawn.  Sept. 8th next P&Z meeting.


Week of August 23-27

Economic Vitality Committee Wednesday August 25, 2021 at 8pm on Zoom - no decision to release survey yet (wait until school starts and everyone is back).
Board of Ethics Wednesday August 25, 2021 at 8pm on Zoom - we did not attend live - but will watch rerun.
ZBA Public Hearing, Tuesday August 24, 2021, 7:30pm on Zoom:  Proposed AVCC tennis court into parking lot, we think, extending into the front line of the parcel

Week of August 15-19
Board of Selectmen Thursday August 19, 2021 - link here:  https://www.westonct.gov/Home/Components/Calendar/Event/1299/78
Facility Optimization Committee at 7pm -7:48ppm, on Zoom - save week of October 18-22 for presentation of progress so far to Tri-Board Meeting on Zoom -
no closed doors this time thanks to the only thing good about pandemic - open government!

Week of August 9 ... 13th
Beautification Committee Thursday August 12, 2021 at 4pm on Zoom
Economic Vitality Committee Wednesday August 11, 2021 at 8pm - we attended for end and heard about what happened and saw the last part.
Building Committee monthly meeting Wednesday August 11, 2021 at 7:30pm on Zoom - we attended.
(Special) Sustainable Weston Wednesday August 11, 2021 at 7:30pm - checked in and we can't really report unless we watch rerun.

Week of August 2-6

BOARD OF SELECTMEN:  After a 7pm Executive Session, then this report:  http://www.aboutweston.com/TownPlan2008-2018.html#pzmeetings
Conservation Commission Public Hearing:  Lachat under consideration by Conservation Thursday August 5, 2021 at 7:30pm on Zoom - POSTPONED
SPECIAL Planning & Zoning - 8-24 on OFFUTT CENTER at 7:15pm on Zoom - POSTPONED
Police Commission Tuesday August 3, 2021 at 7pm on Zoom - discussion of Civilian Review Board, parking on Pent Road and Community outreach.   Plus body-cams and dashboard cams.
Planning & Zoning Commission - Monday August 2, 2021 7:15pm - 8:55pm - lots of discussion.

Week of July 26-30
Economic Vitality Commission, Wednesday July 28, 2021 at 8pm Cancelled.
Board of Ethics, Wednesday July 28, 2021 at 8pm - Cancelled.
Board of Finance Special July 28. 2021 at 6pm on Zoom - more here.  Finance Board approves supplemental for 2 more roads.
Board of Selectmen Special July 28, 2021 at 2pm on Zoom - more here.  First Selectman resigns.


Week of July 19-23
Conservation Commission Thursday July 22, 2021 at 7:33pm - 9:45pm  - report here.
P&Z Special Meeting Wednesday July 21, 2021 at 7:15pm on Zoom.  Link to agenda here.
P&Z Special Monday July 19, 2021 at 6pm on Zoom.  Link to agenda here
GREAT MEETING - only an hour - watch it when you can in re-run.  More here.



Week of July 12-16
Board of Selectmen Thursday July 15, 2021 - long meeting - play-by-play here.
Lachat Town Farm Commission Thursday July 15, 2021 at 7:30 on Zoom - https://www.westonct.gov/home/showpublisheddocument/5661/637611648471400000
Economic Vitality Commission Special (?) Wednesday July 14, 2021 at 8pm on Zoom - agenda included item on report to Selectmen - seeks permission to send out home business survey.
Marketing & Communication Committee on Zoom at 7:30pm Monday (Special) July 12, 2021.  Didn't get on  as we got a message "incorrect something-or-other" - did meeting take place?


Week of July 5-9
SPECIAL BOARD OF FINANCE Thursday July 8, 2021 - AGENDA here.  More than 2 hours - did a lot - link here:  https://www.aboutweston.com/financeboard.html#meetingnotes
P&Z TUESDAY JULY 6, 2021 at 7:15pm on ZOOM - We attended full P&Z meeting - approved Affordable Housing Plan unanimously, received new application for "Gateway" to Weston zone - PH set for Sept 8, 2021.  Discussed Cannabis legalization as it relates to action by P&Z.
POLICE COMMISSION on Zoom at 7pm Tuesday 7-6-21 - tuned in @ 8pm - We watched item #6 only - the Police Department Policy #A0007 – “Complaints that Allege Misconduct by Police Officer.”
It came just before they went into Executive Session.  One included item to be discussed - "union contract."

Week of June 28-July 2
Board of Selectmen at 7:30pm Thursday July 1, 2021 on Zoom...full report here.
Board of Ethics June 30, 2021 NEW:  We are watching this on July 19, 2021.  Process of complaints discussion.  Including the Board of Education - does this mean members or employees?  Technically State entity - no authority over Board or staff.  CONFLICT OF INTEREST claims.
Economic Vitality Committee, Special Meeting at 8pm Wednesday June 30, 2021 on Zoom...noted success at Grange for various community-wide get-togethers, formation of various projects to reach those living and working at home.
Conservation Commission Special Meeting 6-30-21 (Wednesday) Lachat...post-poned.
P&Z 6-28-21 at 7:15pm continuation of 8-24 of Lachat - CANCELED

Week of June 21-25
Building Committee Special at 7pm June 24, 2-21 - agenda is loaded with projects that, in my mind, relate to air quality issues related to COVID-eligible funding (I hope I'm correct)...as it turns out, probably not.
Planning & Zoning Special at 7pm June 21, 2021 - review page by page draft Affordable Housing Plan - Final version at July 6th P&Z meeting.

Week of June 14-18
Economic Vitality Committee 6-16-21 at 8pm.  Moving ahead!!!
Conservation Special Meeting  6-15-21 at 7:30pm (Tuesday) Lachat.
Facilities Optimization Committee Tuesday at 7pm - we note that the Selectmen approved a $10k special appropriation  which now goes to the Board of Finance...which has not met on it yet...CANCELLED. 
Sustainable Weston Committee Special 6-14-21 at 6:30pm.  AGENDA & ORGANIZATION AWESOME!!!  FYI - it is wet today - nice rain!  Monday meetings will be with student interns under arrangement with discussion leader from Hartford.  Will will be attending if no other meetings conflict (and it is assured that this group will be meeting on Zoom).

Week of June 7-11
Board of Finance Thursday 6-10-21 at 6:30pm  - CANCELLED
P&Z - Monday 6-7-21 at 7:15pm - the last Zoom meeting for P&Z?  Nope - continuation of 8-24 report on Lachat proposal to Monday June 28, 2021 at 7:15pm - the last Zoom for P&Z???


Week of June 2-5 (Monday was a holiday)
Board of Selectmen Thursday June 4, 2021 -   Valley Forge Day just before WPS opens - maybe more times during summer, work to do to figure this out;  WOOF WOOF dog  park closer to reality!
Police Commission Tuesday June 1, 2021 - 7pm to after 8:30pm.  Clearly there will be problems ahead - perhaps caused by secretive appearance of PC meetings agenda formats.  "Executive Session" rules to discuss whatever do not seem to be in step with  desire for open government - a conflict here?  There are procedures to make open discussion more clear in terms of who is in charge of making decisions about complaints, for example.


Week of May 24-28
Conservation Commission Thursday May 27, 2021 at 7:30pm on Zoom:   https://www.westonct.gov/home/showpublisheddocument/5406/637576225275464673
ZBA Tuesday May 25, 2021 at 7:30pm Non-conforming lot, intrusion into front lot line - https://www.westonct.gov/home/showpublisheddocument/5382
D.E.I. Advisory Committee at 7:30 Monday May 24, 2021 at 7:30pm - canceled.
Special Police Commission at 6pm Monday May 24, 2021 - one item agenda-  a statement, drafted by sub-committee and reviewed with agreed upon wording and just the need to check it over to be  sure - but they did approved it as read at the meeting  - unanimously.



Week of May 17-21
Selectmen Thursday May 20, 202q1 at 7:30pm - long agenda.  3hrs 18 minutes
Economic Vitality Commission Wednesday, May 19, 2021 at 7pm on Zoom - find out about them here.
Police Commission Special Meeting May 18, 2021 revised.  Agenda does not include discussion of May 6th.
P&Z Monday May 17, 2021 at 7pm for Public Workshop for Affordable Housing Plan on Zoom webinar.

Week of May 10-14
Finance Board - not.
Building Committee (special) Wednesday May 12, 2021, 7:30pm
D.E.I.  Advisory Committee, Monday May 10, 2021 at 7:30pm on Zoom...Finance and Education chairpersons present as were 3 members of the LWV Steering Committee, TEAM Weston, 2nd Selectman (who semi-recused --gave only basic process info--) plus complainant on Police call in 2019 - lasted until @8:30pm.


Week of May 3-7
SPECIAL BOARD OF POLICE COMMiSSIONERS May 6, 2021 - 7pm until after 10pm, more than 400 on call.
Board of Finance Special meeting Thursday May 6, 2021 at 6pm, agenda posted.  Set mill rate at 32.97
Board of Selectmen Thursday May 6, 2021at 7:30pm, changed to 5pm.  Crazy planning started this trifecta...Lachat sent to Conservation and P&Z - 2-1 vote to do it... Special D.E.I. May 6, 2021 at 6:30pm - it disappeared - no meeting.
Special Board of Finance May 6, 2021 at 6pm - set mill rate 32.97.
Special Board of Selectmen, May 6, 2021 at 5pm...Lachat improvements to Conservation, then P&Z for 8-24.
SPECIAL BUILDING COMMITTEE May 5, 2021at 7:30pm on Zoom - pass code 06883,
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89973910245#success
Police Commission Tuesday May 4, 2021 at 7pm - link here.  CALL FLOODED, NO MEETING, WILL RESCHEDULE.
D.E.I. Advisory Committee 7pm Monday May 3rd at 7pm - 9pm and raw and real comments by various social groups of all manners of true angst in Weston revealed.
Planning & Zoning Special Meeting at 2pm Monday May 3 via Zoom
-  site development plan for one lot on Byebrook (Michael's Way).  Approved.


Week of April 26-30 to May 1
REFERENDUM - May 1, 2021, 12 noon to 8pm at Town Hall - 5% or 318 voters participated.  All three items passed, lowest vote on school budget, highest on Capital Budget.
D.E.I. Advisory Committee Monday April 26, 2021 at 7:30pm.
Special P&Z Monday April 26, 2021 at 10am on Zoom ran until 11:30am.  Among other news, P&Z in process of documenting the number of apartment permits ever granted while P&Z has been handling this part of the Zoning Regs (and we assume all backup data regarding how the process has changed over the years as well as other info on size and procedures).

Week of April 19-24
WAS THERE A QUORUM FOR ATBM?  No.  Referendum continues Saturday May 1, 2021, 12 noon to 8pm at Town Hall.
Link to summary here of BOF on FY22 budget - on to April 24 (Saturday at 2pm) - ATBM LIVE W.H.S. FOOTBALL FIELD - new people must come to see the process!!!
ATBM Saturday April 24, 2021 at 2pm at Weston High School football field, on Zoom or not? Quorum of 130 eligible voters present required to hold the meeting prior to Referendum - May 6 and 18 at 7:30pm Finance Board alternative dates/time for setting mill rate.
Conservation Commission Thursday April 22, 2021 on Zoom...3 acceptance of new applications plus discussion of revised application form modifying the number of plan copies and rewording items.
Board of Selectmen Thursday April 22 at 7:30pm on Zoom/canceled
Economic Vitality Committee Wednesday April 21, 2021 at 7pm  on Zoom - gaining focus!!!
Commission for the Arts Tuesday April 20, 2021 at 7:30pm  on Zoom - Earth Day (a few days early) event at Grange co-sponsored with WestonArts a big success.  Plans for "Movie Under The Stars September 4th ongoing.
Facilities Optimization Committee, Tuesday April 20, 2021, at 7pm on Zoom/canceled.
P&Z Affordable Housing Workshop, Monday April 19, 2021,7:30pm on Zoom - send ideas to:  tkulikowski@westonct.gov
Tri-Board meeting Monday Monday April 19, 2021 at 6pm on Zoom (BOS, BOE, Finance)

Week of April 12-16
(Special) Building Committee Wednesday April 14, 2021 at 7:30pm.  Did not take place - canceled at the last minute
Facilities Optimization Committee (Special) Tuesday April 13, 2021 at 7pm on Zoom - narrowed field to two firms from four - checking references, etc. prior to making recommendation to Selectmen.
D.E.I. ADVISORY COMMITTEE April 12, 2021 (Monday).   Excellent meeting with a quorum present - limit to what they can do
- seeking new members.  Second Selectman present and 2 members of the general public.

Week of April 5-9
SPECIAL BOARD OF FINANCE 6pm April 8th - canceled
Economic Vitality special Meeting 6pm  Wednesday April 7th - we signed on late but caught the drift!  Read more here.
Board of Police Commissioners April 6th at 7pm Tuesday - we stayed with the Board of Finance/did not attend.  Our apologies.

Board of Finance Deliberation on FY22 budget Tuesday April 6, 2021, in the first hour, provided for a way to lower the BOE FY22 request...more later.
Facilities Optimization Committee interviews 1, 2 & 3 pm Tuesday April 6, 2021
P&Z Monday April 5, 2021 at 7:15p, on Zoom - discussion with author of proposed floating zone/special permit for 4-corners.   Lots of folks tuned in!

Week of March 29 to April 2
Board of Selectmen Thursday April 1, 2021 at 7:30pm - r
esignations and appointments first.  Then  discussion of "re-opening plans"  Announcement of plan for ATBM live at the football field April 24 (Saturday at 2pm).  Rain dates the following 2 Saturdays.
Board of Finance Public Hearing on FY22 budget  Wednesday March 31, 2021 7pm (second night)/canceled
Lachat news at 6pm-9pm open meeting Wednesday March 31, 2021 - bravo Lachat Town Farm Commission for clear definition of proposal - concern town-wide that it is maybe too much development for the farm
Board of Finance Public Hearing on FY22 budget Tuesday March 30, 2021 7pm

Diversity Committee ("DEI") meeting Monday March 29, 2021 discusses ways to knit the concept of diversity into various practices of major Town boards and commissions.

Week of March 22-26
Conservation Commission March 25, 2021 at 7:30pm  - CT House finished early so we were able to see Conservation handle 4 applications.
Economic Vitality Commission March 24, 2021 at 7pm/canceled
Building Committee (Special) at 7:30pm - big agenda!  Meeting lasted almost 3 hours...summary of what happened.
Facilities Optimization Committee (Special) March 24, 2021 at 2pm - first interview, we think, of 4 finalists.  Question:  How will be be assured that no one else was watching who will be interviewed?  Answer:  We think that all 17 persons on the Zoom can be accounted for...WE TOOK NOTES BUT DO NOT PUBLISH THEM BECAUSE PROCESS MUST BE PURE
Commission for the Arts (Special) March 23, 2021 at 7:30pm - "April 17th, noon to 4pm - "Arts and the Earth" at the Grange!

Week of March 15-19

Board of Selectmen Thursday March 18, 2021 at 7:30pm - over by 8:30pm.  Check new dates for ATBM and Machine Vote here.
FOC Tuesday March 16, 2021 7pm-7:58pm - 4 consultants selected from 8 to be interviewed.
P&Z Special Meeting Monday 2-15-21 10am-11:30am approx. - survey to go out soon!  We think it is here:   https://www.westonct.gov/home/showpublisheddocument?id=4801


Week of March 8-12
Board of Finance at 6pm Thursday March 11, 2021 - 2nd night of Selectmen/canceled
Board of Finance at 6pm Wednesday March 10, 2021 - Selectmen's Budget review
Board of Finance at 6pm Tuesday March 9, 2021, 2nd night of  BOE budget review/canceled
Board of Finance Monday March 8, 2021 at 6pm (Education Budget) 6pm (we left after a few hours).

P&Z Monday March 8, 2021 at 10am (special) - on Village District and Affordable Housing with M&M.

Week of March 1-5

Police Commission Tuesday March 2, 2021 7pm - lasted less than half an hour before executive session.  C.O. on Thursday, hopefully.  Allowing newly renovated spake to be occupied (i.e. cell blocks new)
P&Z Monday March 1, 2021 at 7:15pm (only one hour!) - Special Meeting set for 10am Monday March 8, 2021 on affordable Housing & Village District with M&M.  Zone change proposed for 4 corners area - the "Gateway" to Weston.
SPECIAL BOARD OF SELECTMEN, Monday March 1, 2021 at 10am hires new Communications Center Director (after retirement by predecessor) .


FEBRUARY MEETINGS
TO BE ATTENDED BY LWV OF WESTON OBSERVER CORPS:

Week of February 22-26
Budget Process begins in earnest,,,
Board of Selectmen Tuesday February 23rd at 7:30pm - review First Selectman's Budget
Board of Selectmen Thursday February 25th at 7:30pm - "reviews" both Selectmen and Education budgets - is this a misnomer re:  First Selectman's budget (they vote on it)?


Week of February 15-19
Economic Vitality Committee Friday Feb. 19th special meeting at 7pm finalized shorter-term and longer term goals and recommended options for the Board of Selectmen.
Board of Selectmen Thursday Feb. 17th
Economic Vitality Committee Tuesday Feb. 15 - we caught the beginning - the draft for the Board of Selectmen was reviewed (we had the first draft, so we left);


Week of February 8-12 - Plus Saturday - "Speak Up" (click) was Saturday Feb. 13.  30th annual Weston LWV event!  It ran over by 30 minutes!!!

Economic Vitality Comm. Wednesday Feb. 10, 2021 at 7pm on Zoom; 
Special P&Z Wednesday February 10, 2021 at 11 am on Zoom:  Agenda -

Process for the preparation of Affordable Housing Plan with Mike Zuba and Rebecca Augur of SLR Corporation (Milone & MacBroom, Inc. has merged with SLR Corporation)
Process for the preparation of Village Center District Regulations with Mike Zuba and Rebecca Augur of SLR Corporation


Week of February 1
- 5
Board of Selectmen Thursday Feb. 4 at 7:30pm on Zoom

Police Commission met Tuesday Feb. 2 - into the budget process, officers out, some COVID. Current budget under pressure.  Chief and Chair. to attend "Speak Up"


DECEMBER MEETINGS TO BE ATTENDED BY LWV OF WESTON OBSERVER CORPS:

Week of Dec. 14-18
Board of Selectmen met Thursday December 17, 2020 at 7:30pm on Zoom
Funding for COVID expenses to come in from CT - an additional $57 thousand plus;  Governor continues 90 deferral on qualified homeowners taxes.  OK on sending out RFP for Facilities Optimization Committee consultant.
Re-appointments made.


EVC ("Economic Vitality Committee") Dec. 16th, meets as full board of five (5), discusses how they will approach their charge and where they should look for other entities work in the "silos" or parts of the
'vitality' space...and decide on vision for short, medium and longer term actions.
P&Z Special Tuesday Dec. 15, 2020 approves MMI to do Affordable Housing Study.

Week of Dec. 7-11
Board of Finance 12-10-20 - keeping tabs on tax payment as they come in!  And juggling possible methods of funding Town needs as 2001 bonds expire - in order to keep a flat mill rate.
Building Committee 12-9-20 - chugging along!
P&Z 12-7-20 rejected apartment regulation petition, discussed next steps in affordable housing study, I believe established meeting schedule for 2021 and discussed village district.



Week of Novem
ber 30-December 5 (Saturday)
P&Z Public Hearing on Apartment Regulation, December 5, 2020, Saturday morning at 10:30am, on Zoom - note conflict with First Selectman at Kiwanis!
Board of Selectmen Thursday Dec. 3, 2020 at 7:30pm on Zoom...really big agenda and e-mail us for the 7-step secret way to be sure to get to Zoom Selectmen.
Facilities Optimization Committee Tuesday December 1, 2020 at 7pm on Zoom - please note conflict with Police Commission...

With a quorum present including a member of the Board of Selectmen, school staff and several members of the public), plans were set in motion to bring forth a proposed RFP  for action in the new year.  This meeting was all about reviewing second draft of that potential RFP for consultant on future capital need.  When Weston can return to the table for bonding...next step in development for future schools is a point of emphasis!  Another meeting needed hopefully in December to finalize proposal prior to approval from Board of Selectmen - and after, special meeting of Board of Finance if request exceeds $5000.  All parts of Weston government's needs to be addressed (especially checking the box to confirm what has been done already - i.e. Police Department, EMS/Fire Department and Town Hall itself).  Future concerns (i.e. school bus garage, Town Hall Annex, the future composition the the education capital plant and others named in new Town Plan were discussed.

NOVEMBER MEETINGS TO BE ATTENDED BY LWV OF WESTON OBSERVER CORPS:

Week of November 23-27
Diversity Committee Monday November 23, 2020, 7:30-8:30pm (see below).

THE ONLY GAME IN TOWN - MONDAY NOV. 23, 2020, 7:30-8:30pm, ON ZOOM:
Awesome Committee - got thru entire agenda in allotted time - with understanding that the Selectmen had something specific in mind (2nd Selectman present).  FOI rules re: Subcommittees not required to post notice or agenda or minutes.  The work to be done will be by Sub-Committee, assuming any recommendations must come back to full Committee (which was pointed out to them as including posting notices, minutes and reading Robert's Rules).
 


Week of November 16-20
Board of Selectmen 2 meetings Thursday Nov. 19, 2020 at 7pm and 7:30pm: 
- 1st one - PH for Property Tax Abatement modification for Fire/EMS Public Hearing held.
- 2nd one - Sidewalks PH, 12 comments, approved unanimously to send to HDC and 8-24 by P&Z;  Vote to OK property tax abatement changes subject to Town Att'y (2-0)
- Also 2nd - Lachet rental discussion, receipt of STEAP grant for storage of records for town after giving storage newly in place to Police, minutes approved (4 sets).
FOC Tuesday Nov. 17, 2020 at 7pm - draft to be modified (for RFP which will have to go to Selectmen).


Week of November 9-13
Board of Finance Thursday November 12, 2020 at 6pm - now a "special" concluded that it will be necessary to have another Tri-board meeting, we think, soon.
Tri-Board meeting Tuesday November 10, 2020, 6pm.  Very revealing, see follow up above.


W
eek of November 2-6:
Board of Selectmen Thursday Nov. 5, 2020, 7:30pm - Dates set for two Public Hearings - Nov. 19, 2020 at 7pm (Ordinance changes for EMS/Fire property tax abatement) and 7:30pm, Sidewalks.
Board of Police Commissioners,  Wednesday Nov. 4, 2020 7pm to 8:10pm.  Lots of hot stuff.
P&Z Monday Nov. 2, 2020 at 7:15pm - REMINDER OF PUBLIC HEARING DEC. 5, 2020 TO AMEND APARTMENT REGULATION TO PERMIT ANOTHER SIZE INCREASE...and discussion of implementation 3-step process to achieve ultimate goals from new Town Plan.

OCTOBER MEETINGS ATTENDED BY LWV OF WESTON OBSERVER CORPS:

Week of Oct. 26-30:
Building Committee (Special) Wednesday Oct. 28, 2020 at 7:30pm. 
Approved change orders, selected consultant for old gym at WHS.
Special Selectmen/Finance, Tuesday October 27, 2020 at 6pm.  To discuss real estate transaction.  Executive Session began at 6:03pm.
Facilities Optimization Committee met for interviews:  We observed Tues. Oct. 27 at 3pm and then 4pm; 

Week of Oct. 19-23: 
Conservation Commission. 

Week of Oct. 13-16 (Columbus Day Monday): 
Building Committee, Selectmen (plus Public Hearing on deer hunt); 

Week of Oct. 5-9:
Selectmen (2 - one Special), P&Z, Police Commission, Historic District Commission, Board of Finance (Special)

C.G.A.(SENATE) SPECIAL SESSION DAY TWO Oct. 1, 2020;  DAY ONE OF SPECIAL HOUSE SESSION



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SEPTEMBER

C.G.A. (HOUSE) DAY ONE OF SPECIAL SESSION Sept. 30, 2020

Zoning Board of Appeals September 29, 2020 - Public Hearing on side line variances for non-conforming lot on Georgetown Road - denied, 5-0.

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AUGUST

Selectmen Public Hearings Thursday August 6, 2020 (Local Transportation Capital Improvement Program 6:15pm) and a second (start/stop construction times - 6:45pm).  And finishing up with a
Special Town Meeting Davis Hill Road Bridge conveyance of property at 7pm.


JULY

SPECIAL P&Z Monday July 27, 2020 at 7:15pm via ZOOM - no agenda yet posted.

Conservation Commission Thursday July 23, 2020 at 7:30pm - Senate

Selectmen Special Board of Selectmen Wednesday 7:30pm t6p 8:45pm...

Board of Selectmen Thursday July 16, 2020 at 7:30pm via ZOOM - agenda

Special Board of Selectmen Thursday July 16, 2020 at 7pm
SPECIAL BUILDING COMMITTEE Monday July 13, 2020 at 7:30pm - agenda.  This may not have been posted on the Town website 24 hrs. in advance - we're pretty sure of that - but in any event will try to find out what happened for sure once minutes are posted. And we would note for the record that the Building Committee is the best entity (we give them an "A+++") for posting both minutes and video recording.
"SPECIAL" BOARD OF FINANCE (time changed) THURSDAY JULY 9, 2020 at 6PM via ZOOM:  "play-by-play"
Building Committee Wednesday July 8, 2020 at 7:30pm - nope.  First Selectman posted a message on the Town website indicating how Town Hall project is proceeding.
WE DID NOT ATTEND Lachat Town Farm Commission Tuesday July 7, 2020 at 7:30pm: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89007956940?pwd=SkZyR1dIMCtBMndSU1NEOFRRM3FJQT09#success .

WE DID NOT ATTEND Facilities Optimization Committee Tuesday July 7, 2020 via Google Meet - agenda.  Approval of the previous meeting minutes is Item #1.

Police Commission, Tuesday July 7, 2020 at 7pm via ZOOM - play-by-play.

P&Z Monday July 6, 2020 at 7:15pm via ZOOM

Board of Selectmen Thursday July 2, 2020 - and news from Facilities Optimization here in debate about budget freeze - play-by-play

JUNE
 
Facilities Optimization Committee Tuesday June 30, 2020 at 7pm - we shall endeavor to watch or listen to this later or read the minutes...especially to see if anything was voted upon.
Special Board of Selectmen Tuesday  June 30, 2020 at 3:15pm via Google Meet, 3:15 - 3:45pm - http://www.aboutweston.com/Selectmen2017-2019.html#6-30-20
Implementation of the new Town Plan with 3 P&Z members present:  https://assets.documentcloud.org/documents/6953763/Full-WestonPOCD-061120.pdf
Special Board of Selectmen Thursday June 25, 2020 at 7:30pm - "play-by-play"
Building Committee Wednesday June 24, 2020 - "play-by-play."
ZBA Public Hearing Tuesday June 23, 2020 at 7:30pm via ZOOM - we cannot attend but look forward to finding out what happened - http://www.westonct.gov/media/file/ZBATownWebsitePublicHearing62320.pdf
Special Library Board Meeting Monday June 22, 2020 7:30pm via ZOOM - "play-by-play"
Board of Selectmen Thursday June 18, 2020 - "play-by-play"

Special Board of Selectmen PUBLIC HEARINGS (virtual) - Thursday June 18, 2020 at 7pm - over in a flash!  More here.
Building Committee Wednesday June 17, 2020 at 7:30pm via Google Meet - "play-by-play".
Facilities Optimization Committee Tuesday June 16, 2020 7-8pm (best meetings in town!) - http://www.aboutweston.com/GFC.html#foc6-16-20
Special Planning & Zoning Commission Monday June 15, 2020 at 7:15pm via ZOOM adopts new Town Plan of C&D effective July 1, 2020
Board of Finance Thursday June 11, 2020 at 6pm via ZOOM - "play-by-play"
Marketing & Communication Advisory Committee, Wednesday June 10, 2020 at 7:30pm via ZOOM - "play-by-play"
Building Committee scheduled for 6-10-20 but we believe, based upon last week's notes that they will be meeting next week instead...
Parks & Recreation, Monday June 8, 2020 at 7:45pm via telephone - "play-by-play" on connectivity item here.
Planning & Zoning Saturday June 6th Public Hearing on 2020 POCD - We did not attend but got 2 reports, both from the most reliable sources (not from P&Z or Selectmen).  Virtual attendance slight but vocal on various issues (traffic, sustainability, water testing, Town Center, affordable housing).
I like to watch public meetings "live" from the beginning, and the Finance Board went on 'til 8pm - I watched the Board of Selectmen Thursday June 4, 2020 meeting as a re-run - "play-by-play."
Board of Finance Thursday June 4, 2020 6pm - 8pm via Zoom brought "zero" to budget BUT deliberation was split 4-3 (not on Party lines).  How much of the General Fund should be tapped to arrive at zero was the issue.  Mill Rate 32.37.  NOTE:  This meeting had been intended to be held on June 2nd, but there were "technical difficulties" that prevented participation by both members and the public.

Special Building Committee Wednesday June 3, 2020 at 7:30pm - "play-by-play"
Facility Optimization Committee Tuesday June 2, 2020 via Google Meet - agenda.

Police Commission Tuesday June 2, 2020 at 7pm via ZOOM - http://www.westonct.gov/media/file/TuesdayJune22020Agenda.pdf
 
Planning & Zoning Monday June 1, 2020 at 7:15 - agenda postedWe will be "going to" the Board of Finance (above).  Instead, when available, we will refer to the excellent P&Z minutes to find out what happened.

MAY

Conservation Commission, virtual Thursday May 28, 2020 at 7:30pm - http://www.aboutweston.com/eightmile.htm#5-28-20
SIDEWALK DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION, Wednesday May 27, 2020 at 9:30am showing the concept plans - the meeting agenda.

Zoning Board of Appeals, Tuesday May 26, 2020 at 7:30pm - VIRTUAL PUBLIC HEARING: 
http://www.westonct.gov/media/file/ZBAMtgAgendaHearingNotice5262020.pdf

Special Board of Selectmen, Thursday May 21, 2020 at 7:30pm virtual meeting - play-by-play here.

Special Board of Finance, Thursday May 21, 2020 play-by-play here
so the final "deliberation" will by held June 1st...
Special Building Committee Wednesday May 20, 2020 at 7:30pm virtual meeting - play-by-play here.

Facilities Optimization Committee, Tuesday May 19, 2020 at 7pm via Google Meet - we hope to listen to the "tape" soon.  BTW - BEST MINUTES by F.O.C.
SPECIAL BOARD OF SELECTMEN Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at 3:30pm on Google Meet - our play-by-play here.

Beautification Committee Wednesday May 13, 2020 at 1:30pm - plans to be received in a week or two (3 bids), decision to be made, and then OK on choice sought from Selectmen to proceed with fund raising.
SUSTAINABILITY COMMITTEE Tuesday, May 12, 2020 at 7:45pm via Google Meet - great news for the meeting on Town Plan date & time (Sat. June 6 at 9am)

Board of Selectmen May 7, 2020 at 7:30PM:  Agenda includes lots of good stuff - Selectmen2017-2019.html#5-7-20


#2 - Board of Finance Deliberation and but no vote FY'21, Thursday, May 7, 2020 at 6pm:  http://www.aboutweston.com/BudgetProcessfy21.html#5-7-20
BUILDING COMMITTEE May 6, 2020 at 7:30pm via Google Meet - bldgcom.html#5-6-20
SIDEWALK COMMITTEE at 9:30am via Go To Meeting - agenda;  we have a conflict but will try to retrieve this meeting because it should be available...
Facilities Optimization Committee:  Tuesday May 5, 2020 at 7:30pm - 9:35pm.  We watched rerun:  Our play-by-play here.

POLICE COMMISSION:  Tuesday May 5, 2020 at 7PM via
TELECONFERENCE - and the report is here: 
http://www.aboutweston.com/regionalpolice.html#5-5-20
Planning & Zoning, May 4, 2020 at 7:15pm - P&Z gets the prize for the best meeting notice:  play-by-play here.
#1 - Board of Finance Virtual Public Hearing over now our play-by-play on the 3 plus hour exercise in public input!.
Please be advised Official Information about Town, School and Capital budgets now online here

Which now includes that favorite item - how much will it cost me?  By house value: 
http://www.westonct.gov/media/file/PropertyTax.pdf
OUR FY'21BUDGET BACKGROUND PAGE

What was the Board of Finance Public Hearing like last year (FY20)Better "turnout" this year?



APRIL

BUILDING COMMITTEE, Wednesday April 29, 2020 at 7:30pm  via Google Meet
Conservation Commission, Thursday, April 23, 2020 via Zoom.  Play-by-play;  To find the maps for each click here:  http://www.westonct.gov/media/file/CCAgenda4232020.pdf
Facilities Optimization Committee, Tuesday April 21, 2020, 7pm, "Google Meet" - AGENDA.  Google Meet bounced us.  But were there for "call-in" news report here.
Board of Selectmen, April 16, 2020 at 7:30pm - agenda.  We watched it via Zoom and wrote this report:  http://www.aboutweston.com/Selectmen2017-2019.html#4-16-20

BUILDING COMMITTEE, Wednesday April 8, 2020 at 7:30pm - 9pm - play-by-play.
SIDEWALK COMMITTEE, Wednesday April 8, 2020 at 9:30am - "play-by-play" partial (we got on late).
Police Commission CANCELLED for April 7 or is it 8, 2020.
Board of Finance, Tuesday April 7, 2020, 7:30pm - agenda and backup.  Including thisOUR REPORT HERE.  We note that date named was April 25th but  later the date was changed to May 2nd by Selectmen.
Facilities Optimization Committee, Tuesday April 7, 2020 at 6pm (changed time) - we have received and read backup - thank you!   Play-by-play here.
Planning & Zoning April 6, 2020 at 7:15pm in the Town Hall Annex - CANCELLED.
POSTPONED - PLANNING & ZONING COMMISSION PUBLIC HEARING ON THE NEW TOWN PLAN April 4, 2020 at 10:30a.m. in the Weston Middle School Library
Board of Selectmen, Thursday April 2, 2020 at 7:30pm, via GO-TO-MEETING - play-by-play of this almost two-hour meeting.
HISTORIC DISTRICT COMMISSION April 1, 2020 at 8pm via Zoom - play-by-play including picture here.


MARCH


Special Board of Finance e-meeting Thursday March 26, 2020 at 3pm - play-by-play of this very important and informative meeting here.
Facility Optimization Committee e-meeting Wednesday March 25, 2020 - at 8a.m., our play-by-play here
Special Board of Finance e-meeting, Tuesday March 24, 2020 at 3pm;  POSTPONED:  http://www.westonct.gov/media/file/BoardofFinanceagenda3-24-20.pdf
BOARD OF FINANCE PUBLIC HEARING ON TOWN AND SCHOOL FY21 BUDGETS, March 24, 2020 at 8pm, W.M.S. Library - POSTPONED.
BOARD OF FINANCE 3-19-20 agenda and meeting notes... we (and Weston-Today) listened from home - our play-by-play here


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Town of Weston website for official minutes of boards, committees and commissions:   http://www.westonct.gov/meetings/29875











  
     
 


Background, how we decide what to attend and links:  Note that if the content of the meeting agenda warrants. we may change from our hierarchy.

        

COVID-19 has changed the protocols for public meetings in CT - everything in Weston now "Virtual" using various tools.
So we report on everything related to our usual favorites - plus, now Conservation has been added to complement P&Z!  It is the sixth entity we cover as a matter of course.

5 BOARDS/COMMISSIONS/COMMITTEES ON OUR RADAR - WE'RE THERE TO REPORT.

Norwalk HOUR is Weston's newspaper of record -
and now for W.H.S. sports!  We will read the sports news and report!!!
AT RIGHT, LINK TO ALL CT LEGISLATORS.


WHY READ US FIRST?
About Town tells the story with pictures/captions THAT VERY NIGHT OR A.S.A.P.

And this Legislative Session we're looking out for you at C.G.A.

 
TOWN OF WESTON WEBSITE
(find history of all town board/commission meetings, regular and special, listed here including Police Commission** and Board of Education***).



#1 - Board of Selectmen
 
Woody Bliss, Gayle Weinstein, Nina Daniel and now Chris Spaulding the First Selectmen represented in About Weston website reports.  Previously, George Guidera (1987-1999) was First Selectman (we have been following the meetings of the Weston Board of Selectmen - every meeting but one - since mid-1991).  If you want to know what happened since November 16, 2001, our reports are online here (see links at the bottom of the page);  from 1991 until 2001 we did not have an "About Weston" website (Hal Shupack, 1999-2001, thus not represented online here either).



#2 - Board of Finance  regular and special meeting reports, things recommended to review, by About Weston.  Finance Board - FY'20.  Previous budget cycles:  on index page, type into search box "weston budget"



#3 - Planning and Zoning Commission  regular and special meeting reports, by About Weston.  P&Z  Commission posted official minutes. 



#4, especially in the summer, The Weston Building Committee.  On this page you will find our reports on their meetings that we have attended previously.



#5, added this year, Board of Police Commissioners.


#6, just added, as all meetings (not including "walks") of Conservation Commission now "virtual."





ABOUT TOWN'S RESEARCH PAGE FOR P&Z MATTERS


ABOUT TOWN'S MILLENIAL'S PAGE
Link to our 2020 Vision page.
          

T H E    P L A N :    F I R S T  ,     T H E    T O W N    C E N T E R   M A S T E R    P L A N     
  

  
Link to our reports on the OFFICIAL PROCESS.


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FOOTNOTES

*
= If Special Meetings conflict, our attendance will be prioritized by issues and if video will be available; 
**
= Older Police Commission minutes posted on Town of Weston website;  our sporadic P.C. notes and related matters here.
***
= Board of Education agenda/minutes link.  We have followed education issues here for many years...






BUT WE DO KEEP OUR EYE ON HARTFORD...


CT  LEGISLATURE
A new, blue day in 2019-2021 term.
EXTRA RESEARCH SOURCES
LINK to Special Town Meetings through the years,
YouTube link to First Selectman 2018 interview for "About Town"
What is on the public's mind, 2019?   topics covered this year...

Watch it in its entirety - direct Speak Up YouTube link here.



THE "WHAT'S UP?" DEPARTMENT:

Are you confused about what is going on in Weston (please, only Weston CT)?  Ask us!

Let's face it.  Since the original Weston FORUM, owned and run by a Weston resident, was sold to the Acorn Press in the early 1990's, coverage has not been the same. 

When the FORUM began in @1967 until 1990, there was a reporter for every major Board and Commission. and a wonderful "feature" writer who could cover hard news in a pinch. 

And the revered editor/publisher covered the Board of Selectmen,  many thought, directing them from the last row in the Town Hall Meeting Room!!!  In fact, when she sold her newspaper to Acorn Press, the 18 yr Town Administrator put in his resignation shortly thereafter.





Reelected, the Board of Selectmen meets Friday Nov. 8, 2019
Video by Weston Today edits a capella young Weston voices singing Star Spangled Banner at Swearing In Ceremony later in the afternoon.




"WESTON LWV STATE OF THE TOWN - BOARD OF SELECTMEN": 
http://www.aboutweston.com/Government.html#weston

And things didn't get any better for FY'20 Budget Process: 
https://www.aboutweston.com/fiscal2020weston.html
 

My question is what are we teaching the children by playing the system?  Answer:  Protesting authority works.



2018 A.T.B.M.:  NO QUORUM PRESENT.  CROWD OF 105 HIGHER THAN LAST YEAR (92) BUT STILL SHORT OF THE QUORUM OF 130.
Too bad we didn't have a quorum (there actually were people there - this picture taken to emphasize empty chairs) - I think someone is missing up front???








FIRST SPEAK UP ON ZOOM A BRINGS OUT AN EVEN BIGGER CROWD!!!
Stunning success - went on for 2 hours, but one topic was missed (at least) - what's up at Lachat?



SPEAK-UP 2020 AWESOME SUCCESS - NOT A SECRET THIS YEAR!!!

WATCH ON YOUTUBE HERE: 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=wjfavmegRbc&feature=emb_logo
 


"SPEAK UP 2020" - the 29th consecutive such event - IS OVER...

This Speak Up 2020 seemed to be different in a number of ways.  HIGHLIGHTS:


SUMMARY:
All these years later, traffic seemed still to be one of the big issues - particular intersections.  Schools, budget and regionalization brought up.

And in the audience were Town employees who had the answers for "when will Valley Forge Road reopen?"
As well as any questions about property transfers, date of election activity for Presidential Primary or dog licenses or almost anything else you want to know.

 
AND THE FIRST QUESTION WENT TO...P&Z - WHAT NEXT? (Ans. April 4th Town Plan Public Hearing, W.M.S. Library 7:30pm)




Planning & Zoning got another later...someone asked about Cobb's Mill Inn.


TAXES AND WHITHER THE STATE OF CONNECTICUT?


 


SOMEONE WONDERING ABOUT TAX BASE?
Taxes got interest both from the audience as well as in lots of interchange among those on stage wanting to chip in and amplify answers.

SIDEWALKS?  What kind and where?



TRAFFIC, INTERSECTIONS AND SUSTAINABILITY


More that I can recall...questions always seem to pick up intensity toward the end...


Topics were addressed in this order:
  1. Town Plan
  2. Property Taxes
  3. Increasing State grabbing money - decrease in aid ("claw back")
  4. Village District?
  5. School Start Times
  6. Intersection:  Norfield & Rte. 57 signage and turning???
  7. Can we bring more businesses to Fairfield County?
  8. Sidewalks?
  9. Intersections:  Local streets Steep Hill & Good Hill;  Broad St. & Cavalry Rd.
  10. What is happening if anything with Cobb's Mill Inn?
  11. Consolidation of services:  Regional Dispatch?  Combining finance departments?  School-Town buildings and grounds maintenance?
  12. What can we do to attract people to move here?  Emphasis on Sustainability?
  13. Eliminate State income tax in order to attract people/businesses? 
  14. Wells - water as a public trust so why can't the Legislature trust the Towns to hold stronger standards to protect wells?



FOR THE ANSWER TO THESE MATTERS AND MUCH MORE, WESTON LWV EXPECTS TO HAVE VIDEO UP BY MIDWEEK





Best secret in Town...2019 Speak Up



SPEAK UP XXVIII IS HISTORY...WATCH IT NOW!
That amazing event LWV of Weston runs - every bit of the 90 minutes was worth hearing and seeing!!!  Watch last year's event below to compare questions!

        

"SPEAK UP":  When we arrived to set up video cameras the Library was closed...90 minutes later it was standing room only!!!  The full Legislative Delegation showed up and was very helpful in fielding budget, taxes and direction issues.

                    
REGIONAL SCHOOL SYSTEM?  CT PASSING RETIREMENT OBLIGATIONS FOR TEACHERS TO THE TOWNS?
Town Plan, regionalization, traffic, coyotes, the first 4 questions.  Then it started...how the heck do we deal with school budget when the Grand List is shrinking?  School system managing on multiple fronts?  Can we stay afloat?
There is a technical tipping point between property values and mil rates (i.e.  the lower the mil rate and higher the property value)...



Public enemy #1 for cats...







WATCH ON YOUTUBE:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZFBvBuG69M&feature=youtu.be

Unofficial list of questions/topics asked at Speak Up 2019" - not necessarily in order.
  1. Town Plan (when does the public get to get involved) - answer: April 6th "charrette" (May 4th #2 charrette)
  2. State-wide property tax?
  3. Coyotes a problem, what are we doing?
  4. Traffic control...Police Chief answered - q&a above.
  5. Weston finances...its tax base?
  6. Weston finances...legislation taking away car tax revenue?
  7. Regionalizing schools?
  8. Early voting/absentee voting?
  9. CT downloading teacher retirement onto towns?
  10. No complaining on school budget in citizen survey because sample over-weighted?  Seniors and empty-nesters undercounted?
  11. What is happening to the arts in W.P.S.?
  12. How do we keep the municipal ship afloat if State "shares" its debt with towns?
  13. News of 2019 Kiwanis Reservoir Run (October) and Dog Jamboree (September), 2019!!!  WOOF!!!
  14. Death panels?
  15. Legalize marijuana?  This is a matter for concern, as our Police Chief commented as he responded to the last question.




SPEAK UP 2018:

WATCH ON YOUTUBE:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=6&v=d5fct4B9-ek



Unofficial questions ("answers" on the video now available) click above.
  1. The event began with first question on Town Plan "what's up?"
  2. Next was "Sustainability:  What's up?" 
  3. And then the Board of Finance Chair. asked the Legislators sitting next to him on the stage what we should be looking out for in the upcoming Session, which begins next week.  
  4. Fourth question was from opposed to the dog park regarding traffic safety which the Police Commission will deal with if asked.
  5. Back to State matters for question five.  
  6. National tax reform entered the discussion as question six.  
  7. Seven was "did you check out the record of the solar farm company?"  Which got answers from two folks so we counted it as two questions. 
  8. Number 8 was a searching one about what the Town knew about the company in charge of the virtual net metering arrangement we had just formalized. 
  9. Question 9 was a statement about the value of animals in formal and informal settings. 
  10. Question 10 was engagement with the subject of special needs children in educational settings...
  11. as was question 11.  
  12. Next must have been related to the procedures to be followed re:  Dog Park application (to just be received with no comments on substance of the 8-24).  Which prompted more discussion onstage about the 8-24 process and Special Town Meeting necessity if a "positive" 8-24 is given. 
  13. Perhaps there was another question re:  Dog Park.  
  14. Back to the Town Plan for #14
  15. And then a final (#15) question about need for new and/or more C.G.A. legislation against pesticides.   

Speak Up 2018 is over. 
Let's see how things go this year - during the Budget Process and the various other activities of government as relates to what items were hot at Speak Up...




About Town's version of how Weston CT was saved 21st century-style.  The threat to Weston is now Hartford. 
  1. The Weston FORUM originally came into being I think to shine a light on local political machinations - especially regarding which of its vacant land got gobbled up. 
  2. The original FORUM went to every house for free.
  3. Every major Board and Commission had a reporter to follow it - P&Z was "front page news" then. 
  4. When Acorn Press took over the FORUM* (early 1990's) it began to look like every other local paper...Acorn Press merged with Hersam (New Canaan) outlets...
  5. Ultimately the "Weston FORUM" in name only - regionalized with Redding and Easton ("Aspetuck News")...which is when...
  6. "Weston-Today" was born.  Weston needed a "hometown" voice** - and that meant having its own newspaper  by and for Westonites.

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* Some might not remember the FORUM front page fight referred to in #1 above:  "Access to Town owned parks...for all."  However, the most valued commodity in Weston is privacy...
**Legal action might not have been the most efficient tool, or "voice," but starting a rival newspaper @1990 to drive out the FORUM as a hometown newspaper did the trick.




What does a PhD do when she is forced to stay inside?


It appears to us that the Town is trying get out news - "HOT NEWS"  or tips - via the website...COVID-19 new page